Sheriff’s identification card system shows favoritism
Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett might have stepped on some feelings by showing favor for lawyers, allowing them to bypass courthouse security.
People don't like to feel that someone, especially a public official, is slighting them.
The sheriff says that's not the case. He said his intention is to shorten lines at security stations.
DAILY staffers, however, observed entrances during a two-week span and found that there were never lines of people waiting to go through security.
The sheriff said that, when trials and other court matters are in progress, lines form. However, during the first day of a criminal trial week toward the end of last month, there were no lines.
One might say that County Commissioner Stacy George, who opposes Mr. Bartlett's selective exemptions, is picking at the sheriff because he lost to Mr. Bartlett in the June primary for the GOP nomination for sheriff.
However, Mr. George makes a good point about the identification cards the sheriff's office issues for lawyers and employees to show in order to bypass security. The commissioner said the cards state at the bottom: "Compliments of Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett."
Most people would agree that "compliments" means "favor" and, in that sense, the sheriff's exemption practice is a bit prejudiced.
People don't like subliminal messages that indicate that some are better than others are.